Three new vaccines are required for 337,000 Texas students, including 73,923 Harris County students, entering seventh grade. Students must be up to date on their vaccines prior to enrolling for the 2009-2010 school year. The Houston Area Immunization Partnership has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. April 22 at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive to discuss the new requirements by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Anna C. Dragsbaek, J.D., executive director of the Houston Area Immunization Partnership, will also share the details of a public awareness campaign.
Immediately following the press conference will be the premiere of “Immunize the Freaks of Nature,” a theatrical production by Interactive Theater to educate middle school students about immunization.
Expected to attend are Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Jack Sims, Texas Department of State Health Services, Amy Middleman, Adolescent Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Patsy Schanbaum, mother of a child with meningitis and Anna C. Dragsbaek, executive director, Houston Area Immunization Partnership.